Meridian Star

Outdoors

May 9, 2014

Scum frogs in the salad patch

MERIDIAN — Hoot Gibson worked a shallow ledge on the Tombigbee River at Aliceville Alabama and quickly set the hook on his first bass of the day. Almost simultaneously I saw a bass bust in the lily pads and grass line running across a shallow flat in the lake behind us. After Gibson had caught a couple more bass we could stand it no longer and headed for the salad patch and he started working the weeds ahead of me with a frog. Alas the bass weren’t eating his frog that morning.

    As he moved past the area where we’d seen the bass busting I quickly sailed a white Scum Frog just past the strike zone and started a steady retrieve back toward the boat.

    Wham! A hungry bass erupted from the depths and crushed the Scum Frog. As soon as it felt the sting of the hooks it exploded through the lilies and wallowed on the surface in an attempt to escape.

    “Did you see that bass?” Gibson asked. And that’s when he noticed I was bowed up on a fish. “I guess you did see it,” said Gibson. Yes, the Tombigbee bass sampled my white Scum Frog offering and liked what he tasted.

    As we continued working the salad patch Gibson drew a strike or two, but the bass were focused in on that white Scum Frog and continued to crush it with massive explosions from the greenery. There’s probably not another angler in these parts who has caught as many bass as Hoot Gibson, or who has as big a supply of frogs in his store than the master angler, but on that day, he didn’t have a white Scum Frog in the boat and I only had one. But that one white Scum Frog made the difference in our early morning topwater bite and the bass definitely keyed in on it.

    By tournament time the next day Gibson had a white Scum Frog tied on and completed a successful tournament day on Gainesville Lake.

    After spending my teenage years fishing an assortment of frogs and later adding skirts to those old two legged frogs I was amazed to see the Scum Frog. It was just what I was looking for and I no longer had to modify the lure. I bought two colors, a black one and a white one and proceeded to catch bass from Ross Barnett, to lakes up and down the Tombigbee River with great success.

    The scum frogs are about as close to money in the bank as you can get for enticing strikes and catching bass. With the advent of braided line, our strike to hook up ratio zoomed upward to the point that I rarely miss a bass on a frog. If they eat it, and I set the hook, they’re just about done.

    Later on Southern Lure Company came out with the Bassrat. I procured a few from Gordon Collum and one trip to the water quickly got my attention. I was able to work the Scum Frog Rats through that thick vegetation without getting hung up, and the bass really loved them too. My frog preference quickly turned to Scum Frog Bassrats.

    Tournament after tournament proved that the Scum frogs were money in the bank as I caught lunker bass in many different lakes and rivers. If a bass was feeding in the grass, they’d munch down on the succulent Scum Frogs and Bassrats.

    After fishing the Scum Frogs for many years with great success I learned that they were born, designed and manufactured right here at home in Columbus by Dan Cunningham and his Southern Lures company. For many years they were the best kept secret in my tackle box but the Scum Frogs were so successful on the national tournament circuits that they spawned a whole new generation of frog anglers and frog fishing specialists.

    If you’re looking for some of the most fantastic topwater fishing of the year then stock up on a few Scum Frog Bassrats, Scumdog Walkers, or Scum Frog Poppers and head to the nearest salad patch and enjoy some of the most explosive, spine tingling, bass angling action found anywhere.

    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898 or e-mail him at mikegiles18@comcast.net

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